How to Clean Crystal Beads

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Clean crystal beads to keep them shiny and sparkling.
Clean crystal beads to keep them shiny and sparkling. (Image: crystal jewelry image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com)

Jewelry made with crystal beads can shimmer and shine as you wear it by day or by evening. Keep crystal beads looking their best with regular and gentle cleaning methods. You can safely clean crystal beads using one of several methods and they will sparkle attractively from your neck, wrists or ears. Because crystals can easily chip or become damaged with harsh handling, use utmost care as you clean crystal beads.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Soft terry dishcloth
  • Terry hand towel

Fill the small bowl three-quarters full with warm water and add two to three squirts of dishwashing soap to the water. Swirl the water with your hands to make the water soapy.

Moisten the dishcloth with the soapy water and apply the wet cloth to the crystal beads to clean them. Pay special attention to any areas of the beads with dirt or staining. Continue wiping the crystal beads gently with the soapy cloth until you clean them completely.

Rinse the beads with warm water to remove any soap residue.

Lay out the hand towel and place the beads onto the hand towel. Blot the beads gently with the towel to dry them. Leave the beads on the towel to air dry until they dry completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mix one part ammonia and three parts water to clean beads. Submerge the beads in the diluted ammonia and rub them gently to clean them. Rinse the crystal beads well and dry them in the same way you dried them after washing them with dishwashing soap.
  • Use a commercial jewelry cleaner to clean your crystal beads, following the instructions on the cleaner label.

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